From the press release provide by Spyderco is the following information on their new Bushcraft knife. This type of knife is particularly suited for the Woods Monkey audience, and we will be looking into trying to obtain a demo unit for a full review.
Bushcraft is a tradition as much as a sport. It follows a regime of survival skills derived originally from Bushmen of the southern hemisphere. It’s mainstreamed today by UK resident Ray Mears through his televised programs outlining how to thrive, survive with a knife, skillfully and comfortably in nature. Spyderco’s version of a Bushcraft knife results from a three-fold collaboration between Tactical Bushcrafter Chris Claycombe, a Bushcraft website called BushcraftUK.com and Spyderco designers. Knives used in Bushcraft practice have specific parameters such as having blades between 4-6 inches. Spyderco’s is typical of the genre with a 4-inch blade (no handguard) that’s fully-tanged. It comes with a Scandinavian grind, or Scandi grind.
Scandi edges have a single bevel grind, wide and flat, cutting with strength, able to withstand twisting and hacking. The blade is O-1 tool steel. Bushcrafters don’t seek the characteristics of stainless over the performance of high-carbon edge retention and this is why traditional Bushcraft knives traditionally are produced using tool steel. O-1’s high carbon content holds a long-term edge but also sharpens easily when laying on a new edge. Maple burl handle is contoured for comfort with a backup lanyard hole. The knife carries in a leather sheath. Blueprinted for wilderness chores, slicing, chopping, whittling and game processing in traditional Bushcraft style. Overall Length: 8-3/4” (222mm) Cutting edge Length: 3-7/8” (98mm) Weight: 7.1oz (201g). For more information please contact Spyderco at: 820 Spyderco Way Golden, Colorado 80403. Phone: 800-525-7770, Fax: (303) 278-2229, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org